Rainbow Crackle Nails

Hello! My nails are quite short now, so it’s time to wear bright colors and crazy nail designs :) Psychedelic nail art for today – a combination of rainbow colors and crackle nail polish:

Rainbow nails - crackle

There’s nothing new about rainbow & crackle nails, it’s all over the web in various styles. Here I want to show you my version of the design. I must say I don’t like crackle effect on my nails very much, but this time it’s not just crackle, but rainbows as well :) I’ve posted rainbow nails here before, and today it’s my second try.

Black crackle nail polish

I decided to use only 4 colors of the rainbow (orange, yellow, green and blue), because I didn’t want the design to look too heavy and complicated. Crackle nail polish is already eye catching by itself.

I started with 1 coat of pure white nail polish, as it makes the colors applied over it look brighter. Then I painted color stripes onto my nails with 4 nail polishes and let them dry. Next I applied 1 thick coat of black crackle polish over the stripes, and waited for the design to be completely dry. Finally, I put a clear top over it all.

Overall, for the rainbow crackle design I needed:

  • Sally Hansen White On – white base
  • Essie Capri – orange stripes
  • Sephora Yellow Umbrella – yellow stripes
  • Orly Fresh – green stripes
  • Essence Let’s Get Lost – blue stripes
  • OPI Black Shatter – crackle nail polish
  • Orly Glosser – clear top

Black crackle nail polish

It’s a cheerful summertime look, and I love the rainbow colors peaking out from the crackle. The stripes were really easy to do, as I didn’t have to be perfect when painting them – all mistakes were covered by the crackle topcoat :)

That’s all for today, thank you for reading! xxx

7 Comment

  1. Have all these colours but it never crossed my mind to do this nail look..its so fun. Great blog hun. Following you on Twitter (@SaraBaker10) and I would follow your blog if I could find the follow button lol
    Sara xx

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Hello Sara and thank you! Very true, rainbow design is always fun to do :)
      I will try to add more “follow” buttons to the blog. There are so many different social services nowadays, it’s not easy to keep up with all of them for poor me loll but I’ll do my best.
      Thank you for following me, I’ve just visited your blog – your collection of Essie polishes looks amazing!

  2. It’s a nice, bright and fun mani :)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you, Maria! I’m glad you like it :)

  3. I’m not into crackles that much anymore but this looks cool and fun :)

  4. Michelle says: Reply

    Wauv! Found this picture on google and just HAD to know how to make it! I love to wear nailpolish and want to learn new ways to use it, and this is amazing! Right now im wearing a silver nailpolish with White cracker:-) did you use anything special to make this, Like the small papers you use for French Manicure? (Sorry, i don’t know the actual word for these in english)


    1. Mari says: Reply

      Hello, Michelle! It’s always great to meet a new nail polish fan :) White on silver sounds lovely, I shroud try it one day. As for the rainbow nails – I didn’t use French manicure edge tips (I think thats how they call those strips), I simply painted 4 color stripes with regular nail polish brushes. For this mani the stripes don’t have to be precise, because the crackle top will hide all possible mistakes :)

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